Linda Shaffer-Vanaria’s personal mission is to help people and organizations be calibrated and ready to engage uncertainty and disruption with clarity, confidence and comfort. She is a #1 international best selling author, keynote speaker, thought leader and coach. She has been interviewed by World Champion Quarterback, Joe Theismann; the original shark on Shark Tank, Kevin Harrington and the Queen of Selling on T.V., Forbes Riley.
Linda’s goal is to empower leaders to face the breadth of challenges of today’s volatile world with courage, ingenuity and strategic focus. From coaching and consulting with over a thousand leaders and with a breadth of global organizations such as Royal Dutch Shell, ABB, Life Technologies, Acumen International Australia and Defense Logistics Agency, Linda has found that there is an increasing need and hunger for precision approaches to strategic thinking and decisive action.
Linda acquired and honed her expertise in Edge Performance from her 20+ year career and experiences as one of the first women U.S. Navy Test Pilots and Squadron Commanders. Linda understands first hand what it means to push the edge. Her signature story is about going down in a military jet pulling the ejection handle with the ejection sequence not being activated a story she has come to call “2.5 seconds to live a leaders guide.” This experience inspired and motivated Linda to create models and approaches to help leader’s with EDGE experiences they face.
Following Linda’s tenure as a military officer, she worked as a member of an elite team of leadership and performance development professionals building global leadership bench-strength and business acumen capability throughout the reaches of a global oil company. She then established her own consulting company and is currently celebrating 15 years of serving global organizations and leaders.
Linda’s interests span Dachshunds, Harley Davidson motorcycles, cooking and family time.